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When can I let my baby play with other kids?

When can I let my baby play with other kids?

2 months: Two months is the absolute earliest babies should be around other children because we don't want your baby catching an illness from another child. Once they reach that milestone, it's a good idea to have the baby around other kids to provide opportunities for socialization. Most babies will start to really play with other kids around the age of 2. Before that, most prefer to play on their own. ...Read more

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When can I let my baby play with a pet dog?

When can I let my baby play with a pet dog?

1 days: I answer this as a father and dog owner/enthusiest. Dogs I have owned have been protective and accepting of my children right away. We have had kid friendly dogs (golden's, labs, westies) one can never be entirely sure whether a dog may "snap" at a baby or child, however, so close observation is warranted. I would not recommend a pit bull or guard breed have contact with any child. ...Read more

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Can my husband and I take a trip without our baby, and just leave him with grandparents?

Can my husband and I take a trip without our baby, and just leave him with grandparents?

Book the tickets now: Having just finished baby sitting our grandchild the answer is yes. This will give the parents a needed break and the grandchild will really enjoy some bonding time with grandma and grandpa. It is a win-win situation. Your child will adjust wonderfully upon your return. They do not forget mom and dad. Have fun! don't forget to buy grandma and grandpa a fun present on your trip. ...Read more

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Should I let friends and family hold my newborn?

Should I let friends and family hold my newborn?

Yes: Cleaning hands before holding a baby is always a good idea. If someone has a cough, they should also use a mask. Young children should be closely supervised while holding the baby. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned that my little boy likes to play with dolls?

Should I be concerned that my little boy likes to play with dolls?

No.: I encourage families to allow their children to explore all types of toys and to avoid labeling them as 'boy toys' or 'girl toys'. Playing with dolls allows boys to express and develop the nuturing skills they'll use as fathers. There is no reason to be concerned. ...Read more

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Is it good for my baby to have alone time or do I need to play with him constantly?

Is it good for my baby to have alone time or do I need to play with him constantly?

Yes: Every baby, and every child, needs quiet time, separate from sleep time. Whereas it's great fun to make a baby laugh, you will notice that whatever you are doing to get that belly laugh will eventually over-stimulate your baby and make them cry. You do not need to play with him constantly. You will both enjoy the quiet times too. ...Read more

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Not medical question but kind of developmental.. wondering if my baby will forget I'm his mom cuz I hafta go to work and leave him with grandma:(?

Not medical question but kind of developmental.. wondering if my baby will forget I'm his mom cuz I hafta go to work and leave him with grandma:(?

No: What a great question. So many parents worry about this! Your baby will love to get to know his grandma, but he will never forget his mother! Lots of parents feel guilty about working also. As long as you spend plenty of time with baby once you are home, you will continue to bond and have a loving relationship! ...Read more

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How long will i need to watch or monitor my daughter brushing her teeth? My daughter turned six, and i think she's now able and ready to brush her teeth on her own. I want to be there to watch while she does it for a while to make sure she's doing it righ

How long will i need to watch or monitor my daughter brushing her teeth? My daughter turned six, and i think she's now able and ready to brush her teeth on her own. I want to be there to watch while she does it for a while to make sure she's doing it righ

I : I don't think one can put a specific time as to when a child is responsible enough to brush their teeth adequately. Every child matures at a different pace. How do you feel about the job your daughter is doing? Does she take at least a minute to complete her routine, or does she take 10 seconds? I would monitor her (possibly from a short distance) to see how well she does it. Most children want to please their parents and don't want to be reprimanded. When you bring her for her check ups, what does her dentist say? How clean are her teeth? That may give you more insight as to how well she is doing. ...Read more

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Should i worry about my in-laws feeding my 8 month old son with their non-washed hands? See additional details. I have an 8 month old son, and in-laws who feel the need to feed him with their fingers. They do not take the time to wash their hands and are

Should i worry about my in-laws feeding my 8 month old son with their non-washed hands? See additional details. I have an 8 month old son, and in-laws who feel the need to feed him with their fingers. They do not take the time to wash their hands and are

We : We do recommend that people wash their hands prior to making formula, preparing finger foods or feeding an infant. We also recommend that adults wash their hands prior to preparing their own food and eating to prevent the spread of illness. You are not just preventing the spread of cold viruses which may be what your in-laws are thinking about, but also of food-born illness such as e. Coli, rota virus and hepatitis a. Frequent handwashing is one of the most effective ways of preventing illness - studies have proven this over and over. Since you are the parents and are the ones that will have to deal with the fallout of any illness he contracts (sleepless nights, crying, and just plain misery), i don't think hand washing is an unreasonable request at all. ...Read more

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Are my kids going to be ok if i married somebody with autism?

Are my kids going to be ok if i married somebody with autism?

Hard to say: Some studies are beginning to reveal abnormal missing or added information encoded into the genes of autistic patients.If so there is a good possibility this may be passed to the next generation. Since the testing is new and not widely available, the information needed to answer your question with certainty is not available. ...Read more

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How do I politely ask my husbands side of the family not to "baby talk" to our 5 month old son?

How do I politely ask my husbands side of the family not to "baby talk" to our 5 month old son?

Let me think . . .: Having practiced pediatrics for over 20 years, i can say that every culture I have encountered has a special way of talking baby-talk to babies, toddler-talk to toddlers, and so on. It is normal for humans to speak to preschoolers, grade-schoolers, middle-schoolers, teenagers, and college students all in manners different from one another. It would sound very strange if people did not do that! ...Read more

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My husband is mad at the baby because she will not play with him. What should I do?

My husband is mad at the baby because she will not play with him. What should I do?

Tough one...: I seriously doubt that's even close to the full story. Children are very good at picking up the mood and attitude of the people with them (it's called empathy), and if your husband is tense when he approaches the child, the child will tense up back at him. So whatever it is that's really bothering your husband is what you should address. The child will play with whoever is in a playful mood. ...Read more

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If my wife and i are able to have a baby through iui, how long should we try to have a baby naturally for baby #2. My wife will probably be 34 for #2?

If my wife and i are able to have a baby through iui, how long should we try to have a baby naturally for baby #2.  My wife will probably be 34 for #2?

Far to say: Generally, if you needed assistance getting pregnant with the first pregnancy, you probably will need assistance again with the second. Although, couples "get lucky" all the time, you should not count on that; and when you are ready for the second child, consider repeating what worked for you the first time. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I share joy about my pregnancy with my partner who decided to not carry a baby?

How can I share joy about my pregnancy with my partner who decided to not carry a baby?

?????: Do not know exactly what you mean, but if she is your partner , she should be happy for you and i assume she will be participating in the entire process. ...Read more

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So I'm boyfriends brothers girlfriends still is friends with my boyfriends ex and get still hang out and talk what should I do and how should I feel?

So I'm boyfriends brothers girlfriends still is friends with my boyfriends ex and get still hang out and talk what should I do and how should I feel?

No right or wrong: There is no right or wrong way to feel about your situation. The question is how do you feel not how should you feel. If your feeling bad then bring it up as a discussion with your bf or seek a counselor. ...Read more

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What should I do with a friend that has been unsupportive and said hurtful things to me about infertility with my wife and i? Should I just shut him out of my life? He lives far away from me, so it wouldn't be a big deal if I did.

What should I do with a friend that has been unsupportive and said hurtful things to me about infertility with my wife and i?  Should I just shut him out of my life?  He lives far away from me, so it wouldn't be a big deal if I did.

Turn the other cheek: If you care about your friend, then let him know you are hurt and then move on and talk about other things... As in the bible, turn the other cheek... My guess is that he doesn't mean to hurt you ... If he does, he is not your friend. ...Read more

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If my addiction doesn't seem to interfere with my family and career, should I bother treating it?

If my addiction doesn't seem to interfere with my family and career, should I bother treating it?

See below: Then maybe it's not an addiction or maybe you and the family are in denial. Addiction is defined by negative consequences, and continued use despite this. However with an addiction and relationships usually all people are affected and are "ill" in someway.However because all families have there dynamics, and this is what is normal for them, they may not be aware that the addiction is harming them. ...Read more

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How do I decide who can watch my baby being born?

How do I decide who can watch my baby being born?

WATCH BABYS BIRTH: Only you and your husband/father of the baby can decide that.The decision is only yours. ...Read more